SPOILER ALERT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ SPOILER ALERT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ – NTK Network

SPOILER ALERT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Do not read this article if you haven't seen the film. There are spoilers literally everywhere.

By NTK Staff | 12.15.2017 @3:32pm
SPOILER ALERT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The first screenings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hit theaters Thursday night, drawing in millions of dollars on its first night as one of the most anticipated films of the year. NTK received an exclusive, private screening of the film on Thursday night. Here’s what we thought was the good, the bad, and the ugly from the film.

Do not read past this point if you haven’t seen the film. This is your third and final warning.

THE GOOD

Luke Skywalker and Rey: Clearly the most interesting parts of the film involved the evolving relationship between Luke Skywalker and his new apprentice. At first refusing to train Rey, Luke relents and begins to teach her about the Force after learning of Han Solo’s death in “The Force Awakens.” Rey’s exploration of the reasons for Luke’s disappearance provide one of the only compelling narratives of the entire movie.

The little puffin/penguin creatures: Comic relief has often been a source of derision in Star Wars films. The Ewoks in “The Return of the Jedi” opened up a plot hole so large that you could drive a Star Destroyer through it. The Empire’s best stormtroopers succumbing to a group of primitive teddy bears will forever haunt the original trilogy. The “porgs” in “The Last Jedi” committed no such sin. They provided appropriate (and genuinely funny) comic relief throughout the film, without being overbearing. Plus… THEY’RE SO CUTE!

The “Caretakers”: The natives of Luke Skywalker’s new home, Ahch-To, formed another source of brief, yet memorable comic relief. While much of the movie tried too hard to insert forced jokes and humor, the “caretakers” hit the mark.

THE BAD

Rian Johnson’s sense of humor: While the porgs and caretakers were on point, the rest of the attempted comedy in the film fell flat. For instance, the discussion between General Hux and Poe Dameron in the beginning of the film would have felt more at home in a bad parody of a “Star Wars” film. John Boyega’s Finn, who was hilarious in “The Force Awakens,” contributed nothing funny to the film, even as his character clearly attempted punchlines written into the script.

Plot holes everywhere: Why did Luke fake out Kylo Ren with a Force projection towards the end of the film when he died 30 seconds later anyway? “See you later, kid,” he tells Kylo before his projection disappears. The real Luke, back on Ahch-To, then disappears into the Force like Obi-Wan Kenobi in “A New Hope.” Also, why did Rey seem to accept communication with Kylo Ren after a few brief long-distance Force discussions? She shot at him and called him a monster in their first interaction, but less than 100 words later, she’s sympathetic towards the acolyte of the dark side of the Force. Some scenes in the film made no sense.

Snoke, Captain Phasma, General Hux: The villains of the film, other than Kylo Ren, served no real purpose. We saw no character development for Snoke – he was just an ugly bad guy who wanted to be evil, and his death was sudden, quick, and anti-climactic for such a mysterious and supposedly all-powerful villain. Phasma was teased prior to “The Force Awakens” as a new, formidable opponent for the Resistance, but her minimal role in that film disappointed fans. However, the character was no more present in “The Last Jedi,” spending only a few minutes in the film. Domnhall Gleeson’s Hux is utterly useless in the film, almost a mockery of legendary Imperial military commanders in the original trilogy like Admiral Piett and Grand Moff Tarkin. His socially awkward exchanges with Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren will cause audiences to cringe.

THE UGLY

The hunt for the codebreaker: An hour of the film revolved around Finn and Resistance engineer Rose’s quest to hunt down a codebreaker who can get the two rebels into a First Order ship. They find Benicio Del Toro’s character on a casino planet, in a series of scenes that drag on for way too long. The three rush back to save the Resistance fleet, but it turns out that DJ, Del Toro’s character, was never needed in the first place. DJ does provide one of the few interesting moments of the film, though. Finn decries the rich casino-planet-goers as “the bad guys” for supplying weapons to the First Order, but DJ unveils that the same arms dealers are supplying the Resistance (“the good guys”) with weapons. The scene reveals a shade of gray that rarely shows itself in the Star Wars saga. However, the film fails to expand on the galactic war’s ambiguity.

The dialogue: The Star Wars saga isn’t known for its Shakespearean eloquence, but “The Last Jedi” was particularly egregious in its scriptwriting. While not as bad as some of the dialogue in the prequel trilogy, the film still provided some forehead-slapping exchanges. At times, Adam Driver sounded more like he was reading from the script of his “Saturday Night Live” appearance than he was playing the fearsome character who first appeared in” The Force Awakens.” As has been previously mentioned, much of the comic relief could not stick the landing, and the banter between characters failed to deliver.

Leia’s journey through space: At one point in the film, a couple of TIE Fighters blow open General Leia Organa’s cruiser , sucking her into space. The audience assumes she has passed on, just like the actress who played her, and a beautifully serene Leia floats away from the ship. But “The Last Jedi” pulled a fast one, quickly revealing that Leia is using the Force to sustain herself in space. In a ridiculous scene (even for Star Wars), Leia uses the Force to fly through space back to safety on her ship. The classic Star Wars character survives the rest of the film, leaving an open question as to what will happen to her character, now that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us.

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